Book Review: A Stranger On Board by Cameron Ward

“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A luxury superyacht. And a killer picking you off, one by one…”

Set to be published on 23rd June, A Stranger On Board by Cameron Ward follows ex-marine Sarah French who joins a luxury superyacht as on-board security, in hopes of getting her life – and career – back on track. Surrounded by crystal waters, it seems like the perfect place to start over. As they head into open water, though, tensions between the crew quickly build. And when someone goes missing, Sarah has a terrifying realisation. One of them is a killer. All of them are suspects. To protect the other passengers, Sarah needs to uncover the killer’s identity and return the boat safely to shore. But there’s a storm on the horizon – and not all of them will make it out alive…


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

An action-packed locked-room thriller, A Stranger On Board will have you gripped from the moment this luxury yacht leaves the dock, and keep your intrigue running with every suspenseful turn.

Although I expected this one to feel quite cliche or at least feel very similar to other books in its genre, I have to say that I actually found this to be a very original and refreshing thriller by the end.

A large reason for that is the lead character, Sarah French, who is very strong but also very approachable. The action is really well written, too, successfully building the tension throughout and constantly bouncing your suspicion around the deck.

The murders could have been more impactful, for me, as they mainly happen behind closed doors, so everything feels very stealthy rather than vengeful. But I ended up quite liking the 90s-action feel to it, and I could definitely see this being made into a film.

If you love a thriller based on a luxury holiday gone wrong, then you’ll definitely want to pick up A Stranger On Board this summer!


A Stranger On Board by Cameron Ward
Release Date: 23rd June 2022
Print Length: 416 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: Penguin Michael Joseph

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